Venezuelan Chocolate–Rum Drink
Venezuela's rare criollo cacao is among the world's finest, and adds an extra dimension of flavor to this drink.
Yield: serves 8
- 1⁄2 gallon milk
- 3 whole star anise
- 2 sticks cinnamon
- Zest of 1 orange
- 5 whole allspice berries
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1⁄2 lb. bittersweet chocolate
- 1 cup aged dark rum
- Whipped cream
- Combine milk, star anise, cinnamon sticks, orange zest, allspice berries and brown sugar in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat.
- Scald milk, stirring to dissolve sugar. Lower heat and cook 10 minutes. Remove from heat; steep 10 minutes. Strain into a large pot.
- Heat gently, then add bittersweet chocolate and dark rum. Whisk briskly until chocolate dissolves, about 5 minutes. Serve topped with whipped cream.